diocesanlife April 2007
Advocacy for Children By Debra Kissinger
Parishes mark miles Walk a Mile Walk-a-Thon
of the Diocese of Bethlehem
on way to Walk-a-Thon will sponsor an April 21
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
Walk-a-Thon to benefit four
This year’s Child Advocacy Campaign, Trinity Church in Pottsville started Child Advocacy Centers
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, focuses on their campaign by installing a shoe rack in of northeastern Pennsylvania.
children’s health issues throughout the year their church. They asked the congregation The five-mile walk will begin
and an April 21 Walk-a-Thon to benefit to being in empty shoe boxes and brown at the Masonic Temple,
Child Advocacy Centers in northeastern paper shopping bags to receive donations 1534 Linden Street,
Pennsylvania and abused children. throughout the course of the campaign. The Allentown, at 10:15 a.m.
At press time, more than twenty par- children of the Sunday School decorated Registration will take place
ishes were participating in the Walk a Mile the bags. from 9:00 to 10:15. Organize
in Their Shoes campaign. Some of our They established a mile marker for each for brochures, team registration forms, a team and make a difference
parishes are marking the miles on the way to season. During the fall and early winter sponsor forms and more information to in the lives of abused children
throughout our region.
the Walk-a-thon and making connections they collected nutritious food and new make your parish campaign and our
with community agencies in a new way. children’s clothing and shoes which were diocesan Walk-a-Thon a success. Register your team by April 1
The Church of the Epiphany in given to the Salvation Army.
Clarks Summit, has had three collections Trinity then collected new and “gently the activity packets would make their wait Noise” collection gathering loose coins
to date. In the early winter they made up used” books for children, pre-Kindergarten more relaxing and enjoyable. During Lent they in coffee cans. Funds collected purchase
healthy supply kits for low income fami- to high school, for their third mile marker. also collected items for Health Supply Kits. additional supplies for the monthly donations.
lies with children. Kits included children’s They are currently marking their fourth Christ Church in Reading has a very Christ Church plans to make a big
toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, mile by collecting back-packs and school active campaign underway. They have an showing at the Walk-a-Thon. They have
baby lotion, diapers, diaper wipes, and supplies. These will be donated to the on-going relationship with two community set their goal at 20 walkers (children and
ointment. American Red Cross and given to children agencies, Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC) adults) and $2,000 in pledges. They have
In the mid winter they provided healthy affected by disasters such as fire and flood. and Lauer’s Park Elementary School, the a path of paper sneakers running from the
snacks for children to an organization that St. Anne’s Church in Trexlertown poorest school in the Reading School District. entryway around the periphery of the
serves children from low-income families. completed two collections during the fall. Christ Church has had monthly collections church. Pledgers can sign a sneaker and
In the early spring they gathered gently First, they collected children’s underwear and for mittens, gloves, scarves, sweaters, under- all the pledged/sneakers and the walkers
used books for preschool through fourth- warm sweat shirts and pants. This collection wear, socks, school clothes, both winter will be blessed on the Sunday before the
grade children of Lackawanna County. The was given to the Boys and Girls Club of and spring coats, pillows, games, food, and Walk-a-Thon.
books were received by Shelf to Shelf, an Allentown. Then they filled 61 plastic gallon- school supplies. It is not too late to join the Walk a Mile
organization of senior volunteers who act sized bags with activities ranging from They also put together two Thanksgiving in Their Shoes campaign or get on-board
as “reading partners” in elementary schools. coloring books and puzzles to stickers and baskets for BWIC and over 100 goodies for the Walk-a-Thon. All forms are avail-
The organization’s goal is to create a common hand-held games. These “Trick or Treat for bags for both agencies for Halloween, able at diobethkids.org. For information
book experience for all children in the Children at Risk” bags were distributed to Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, contact diocesan child advocate, The Rev.
community, regardless of their socio-economic three health clinics in the Lehigh Valley. St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Debra Kissinger, firstname.lastname@example.org
or ethnic background and to get books into Children at these facilities often have a Children in the Catechesis of the Good or 610-691-5655 ext. 237.
the hands, homes, and hearts of all children. long wait to be treated. The hope was that Shepherd program take a monthly “Joyful The Rev. Debra Kissinger is missioner to children
and child advocate for the Diocese of Bethlehem.
Planned Giving Charlie Barebo
The Bishop is Coming!
This Practical Guide for Bishops and Congregations
by Bishop Paul is the first new ceremonial guide for
Why I chose the St. Matthew Society
bishops in more than 25 years and the first book of its One has a multitude of choices when it Sunday school, sing in the choir and enjoy
kind aimed at helping congregations prepare for a comes to supporting charities and non-profits. the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and
bishop’s visit. The professional fund raisers from our alma marriage in our church.
“This short book has a dual purpose and is aimed at maters, the United Way and other groups Secondly, God calls us to share with the
two audiences,” according to Church Publishing. descend upon us like voracious raptors. The less fortunate. I am growing in my
“Through practical instruction and guidance, it equips average American receives over twenty stewardship and by leaving a major gift in
bishops to minister effectively as the chief pastor in pounds of mail a year soliciting donations, my will I can insure that at my death I will
the diocese, while helping clergy and congregations and over two hours worth of phone reach the tithe. We can trust the church to
reduce the eternal anxiety around the words, The bishop solicitations. Our church invites us in a much use these monies to help alleviate the pain
more subtle way: the Holy Spirit. and suffering of the less fortunate,
“Realizing that ceremonial custom varies among
I chose to make a major gift to my parish particularly if we leave a directed gift.
dioceses and congregations, the author lays out some
normative principles that should be followed in all liturgies and the diocese through the St. Matthew Thirdly, leaving this gift made me feel
at which the bishop presides or is present. His clear, Society. There were several reasons that I good. I have felt the peace of God in a way
engaging, and often humorous style will put the reader might share with you. My primary reason I had not prior to making these plans. God,
at ease when dealing with ceremonial material.” was because the St. Matthew Society in his wisdom, wired us so that extending
Contents: Preface; 1. Bearings: Each Congregation’s directly supports God and God’s kingdom generosity would make us feel good.
"Usual Thing;" 2. Brief Survival Guides for the Bishop; on earth. Finally, I know that I have set a good
3. The Parish Visitation, with a note on Eucharists at which the bishop does not preside; Our parishes are challenged for their very example for my friends and family. Scarcity
4. The Cathedral Ordination of Presbyters with the Reception of the Orders of one Previ- survival. Few are growing in average and selfishness are not good emotions to live
ously Ordained. A brief note on the Ordination of Deacons; 5. Vows and Oils: Redefining Sunday attendance and income. Many with or pass on to one’s friends and families.
the "Chrism Mass," with a note on Restoration to the Ministry; 6. Solemn Evensong; survive on income from gifts – or even the Why did I choose the St. Matthew Society?
7. Passages: Institutions, Weddings, and Funerals; 8. Through the Liturgical Year; 9. Sample principal – left from these endowments. By How could I not?
Customaries and Documents Select Bibliography. (6x9 Paperback, 128 pp, $12.00) making a major gift to my church and the Charlie Barebo, CEO of Otterbine Barebo Inc.,
Visit www.churchpublishing.org and search for “Marshall.” Bishop Paul is the diocese, I can help insure that my is chair of our capital campaign to provide New
author of several CPI titles, including Prayer Book Parallels; One Catholic and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Hope to Kajo Keji and the needy of Pennsylvania.
Apostolic: Samuel Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church; and Same-Sex Unions: future generations will be able to enjoy
Stories and Rites.
Stay connected — online with your diocesan community
See page A8
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April 2007 diocesanlife
NEWS WITH SPIN
ECW Annual Meeting in Scranton who welcomed me to their 5:00 St. Anne’s, Trexlertown, celebrates 30 years in current building
The diocesan Episcopal Churchwomen in- p.m. service on Saturday evening. They
vite all to their annual spring meeting at know how to make a newcomer feel at home. Photo by
Kirby House, Mountaintop, May 9. Bishop Father Peter, who is new to the parish, Barbara Loeffler
Paul will present the program, Women of the greeted me near the door when I arrived,
Bible. A fee of $12 includes registration, and two members of the congregation en-
refreshments, lunch and program. Registra- gaged me in conversation after the service.
tion deadline: April 22. No registrations Were I not an out-of-town visitor, I don’t
accepted after that date. Submit names of doubt that I’d be receiving a follow-up
each person attending. Checks payable to phone call this week. I look forward to go-
Diocesan ECW. Mail to Catherine Jeffery, ing back there again, the next time I visit my
1839 Ulster Road, Allentown, PA. Phone: folks. [Posted by Jim Naughton on March 4]
610-868-6682. PA State Pastors’ Conference
Regional Evangelism Workshops November 12-14, at the Hilton Harrisburg
[From Father Andy Gerns, chair, diocesan (One North Second Street). Being Christian
Evangelism Commission] The dates for the in a Hi-Tech Culture is the tentative title.
2007 Regional Evangelism Workshops are Canon Lexa Shallcross, email@example.com,
April 21 and 28, May 5 and 12, all is on the planning committee. More infor-
Saturdays, 9:30 to 2:00. Places TBA, in mation is available at the website of the
north, central and southern parts of the Pennsylvania Council of Church,
diocese. All workshops will include lunch www.pachurches.org. Click on “Events” in
and noonday prayers. Registration will take the left column.
place during Epiphany and Lent. A Brush with God
All congregations that took part in the first
round are asked to send their teams of at Icon Painting Retreat
least two people to the second round of Prayer comes in many forms; sometimes it
training to share the two projects they involves words but sometimes not. For cen- Canon Michael Piovane, rector of St. Anne’s, Trexlertown, and the Rev. Judith Snyder
worked on since the first workshop. If a turies Christians from the East have prayed priest Associate, flank Char and Father Ronald Molrine.
congregation did not take part in the first with brushes and colors as they created the St. Anne’s Church, Trexlertown, on January retirement in 1996.
round, it is not too late. The first round is icons that adorn their churches and the prayer 21, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the After ten years of holding services at the
not a prerequisite for the next round. Our corners of their homes. Until recently it was first service in its present church building. Grange Hall, the people of St. Anne’s saw
goal is to have every congregation in the very difficult to find a teacher to guide the Father Ronald C. Molrine, rector emeritus, their dream come true of a permanent place
diocese take part in a regional evangelism beginner in the way of the icon painter but and his wife, Char, joined the congregation to worship, minister, grow, and reach out to
workshop and do practical projects in this is no longer the case. Father Peter in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the serve the needs of others. On Sunday, Janu-
evangelism all over northeast Pennsylvania. Pearson, master iconographer, teacher, and move from worshipping at the Trexlertown ary 16, 1977 the first worship service was
We are also interested in having author (a canonically resident priest of our Grange Hall to the current site on Lower celebrated in the newly constructed church.
congregations learn from each other’s diocese and rector in New Hope) will lead Macungie Road. The anniversary celebration included two
experience no matter how simple or complex an icon workshop for beginners at the Fatima Father Molrine was the vicar who diligently worship services at which Father. Molrine
their particular program might be. Center in Dalton from May 20-25. Each par- and faithfully worked with many dedicated was the preacher and two forum periods dur-
The 2007 Regional Evangelism Workshops ticipant will create an icon as they follow parishioners to make the transition from the ing which early members of the parish shared
are built around hospitality, based on the book the step by step process of prayer and paint- Grange Hall to the current edifice a reality. their recollections of the “grange days” and
Fireweed Evangelism by the Rev. Canon ing. The experience is open to experienced He remained as rector of the parish until his the construction of the current building.
Elizabeth Geitz. artists as well as those who have no expe-
rience. All that is required is the willing- colors and styles and my mother is living in building through telephone calls, greeting
Hearts strangely warmed at St. ness to try. The cost of the retreat is $500 them. A number of the other folks at her can- cards and service projects.
Stephen’s, Wilkes-Barre which covers room, board, supplies and in- cer center have asked for them, and people Global mission projects include a part-
The day after the Episcopal Church com- struction. For further information, call Fa- on the street have been stopping her, asking nership with the people of the Diocese of
memorated the lives of John and Charles ther Pearson, (412) 848-2642. where she got the cap (without knowing it Kajo Keji in southern Sudan and Warm
Wesley, St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral cel- Diocesan Committees is a “cancer cap”) . The centers that she Greetings that engages parishioners and
ebrated the new Interim Shared Eucharist The following people have agreed to serve attends say they are desperate for com- neighbors in creating wool afghans to wrap
Agreement with the Methodist Church. The on diocesan committees where vacancies fortable and stylish chemo caps. around children who are victims of war in
Rev. Debra A. Hepburn, Lehigh County Con- had existed. On the Incorporated Trust- If anyone would like to make caps for can- the Middle-East.
ference of Churches Ecumenical Director ees: The Rev. Craig Sweeney, rector of the cer patients, I have a variety of patterns and The new global outreach to the poor of
and a Methodist Minister, challenged the Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit. recommendations for yarn. The keys are that Haiti will begin as a ministry of financial
Wilkes-Barre congregation to “live beyond Mrs. Beverly Doneker, senior warden at St. the yarns be very soft for newly hair-free support to assist the children of Haiti with
hope and answer the call of the resurrection Stephen’s, Whitehall. Mrs. Elizabeth House, sensitive scalps, and washable. No scratchy food and education opportunities.
and be ‘Easter People.’” Living beyond hope senior warden at Grace Church, Allentown. metallic threads or wools, please. If you Ms. Carrine Simms, a Christian missioner
means “to move along from pondering to On Diocesan Council: Mr. Kenneth Rider, would like to join in this effort to send to Haiti, visited Trinity Church to help
action. It is not to wish that the hungry are St. Stephen’s Church, Whitehall. On the prayers for healing and comfort in a tangible launch the new ministry by offering her
fed, it is to give them bread.” Hepburn’s Standing Committee: The resignations fashion, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. personal testimony of years of service with
preaching was punctuated with laughter and from the Standing Committee of The Rev. If you do knit or crochet caps, I will be glad the people of Haiti. Trinity's rector, the
Amens from the congregation, which she Canon Walter Krieger and The Rev. Canon to send on any caps to cancer centers who Rev. John Major, appointed her as parish
admitted, “threw her off a little.” She con- Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril were received need them. PS: My mother is doing well. missioner to Haiti.
cluded her stirring sermon by encouraging and accepted with regret. The Rev. Peter Meet Episcopal Authors at the
the people to “live in the Third Day wherein
West Pittston Parish
Harer, rector of Prince of Peace Church, Cathedral, April 29, 1-3 pm
lies the power of God forever.” Dallas, and The Rev. Andy Gerns, rector of
launches new world mission
Trinity Episcopal Church, West Pittston, Deirdre Good will be signing copies of her
During the Communion Pastor Hepburn Trinity Church, Easton, will fill the unex-
launched a new ministry on Sunday, Febru- new book, Jesus’ Family Values. Also (all
concelebrated with Father. Vincent Liddle pired terms.
ary 18. Project Friendship: Helping Hand the following are from the Cathedral): Anne E.
and Father Daniel Gunn. Following the ser-
Knitting or Crocheting To Haiti became one more of several es- Kitch, Taking the Plunge, a practical theology
vice she greeted the congregation and
for Cancer Patients tablished local and global mission outreach of baptism and parenting. Peter Pearson, A
fielded questions about her own faith as an
[From Laura Howell] Last fall, when my projects of the West Pittston Borough church Brush With God, an inside look at the writing
African-American Methodist minister.
mother began treatment for lymphoma, fash- at the corner of Spring and Montgomery. of icons. Jenifer Gamber, My Faith, My Life,
Pastor Hepburn is available to other
ion became a burning issue in our family. Through an array of helping projects a guide to teen confirmation. Gene Witiak,
churches as well and can be reached at the
The chemo she is taking has made her lose known as Trinity Good Neighbor Outreach True Confessions of a Veterinarian: An
Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
her hair. When we looked for caps for her, Ministries, the parish has been engaged in Unconditional Love Story, a lifetime of
[Thanks to St. Stephen’s rector, The Rev.
we found that many of them were ugly, outreach projects both locally and globally wonderful stories from this Vet’s view.
Daniel C. Gunn, for this story.]
scratchy or very expensive. It’s bad enough for some five years Grantseeking
Kudos for hospitality to be losing your hair, without looking like a Among the local ministry projects are Several websites may be helpful to those
at St. Luke’s, Scranton frump! So I began knitting. Headhuggers.org Trinity's Good Neighbor Food Bank that doing research for grants: The Foundation
[From Daily Episcopalian, the blog of Jim provides many patterns for knitted and assists individuals and families with free Center and, at that site, the cooperating col-
Naughton, former New York Times and crocheted chemo caps for men, women groceries and Neighborcare that engages lections in Pennsylvania that provide access
Washington Post reporter who serves now and children. I have been making The ‘No- members of the parish and neighborhood in to excellent Foundation Center search tools
as director of communications for the Dio- Hair-Day’ Hairy Chemo Cap in a variety of nurturing neighborly kindness and community without your having to pay the big bucks to
cese of Washington.] My thanks to the Rev. do personal research online.
Peter D’Angio and the people at St. Luke’s *Our diocesan blog: www.diobeth.typepad.com/diobeth_newspin
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